13 Silent Signs That You May Be Having Gastritis
9You use a lot of anti-inflammatory drugs
A painkiller named Advil can be extremely effective but it also tends to be hard on our stomach. NSAIDS or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil, Motrin and Aleve can cause the inflammation of the lining of the stomach, which can lead to gastritis. Peptic ulcers (open sores pop up in stomach lining and small intestine) are also caused by NSAIDS.
More than 16 million Americans suffer from diseases caused by smoking according to the CDC. The chance of getting gastritis increases if you smoke as it damages our stomach lining in many different ways. It decreases the production of mucus which protects our stomach wall. Nicotine increases the production of pepsin, an enzyme present in the stomach that breaks down protein and this can cause inflammation. Smoking even reduces the supply of blood to the stomach lining, thus decreasing the recovery rate.
Anemia and indigestion is mostly found in people above the age of 40 as they all have one common symptom-fatigue. An upper-gastrointestinal endoscopy should be done if you want to check the symptom. Erosive gastritis is a rare type of gastritis that causes many ulcers to develop between the linings of the stomach which often leads to chronic bleeding. The chronic bleeding takes place in the stomach, leading to anemia.
The only way to know whether you have intestinal bleeding is from your vomit and stool. Other symptoms which can be confusing are shortness of breath, Stomach cramps, and tiredness. But it can all be because of erosive gastritis. An Endoscopy is advised if blood is present in the stool or vomit.
13Diarrhea and lower abdominal stomach cramps and pain
Gastritis is such a disease; it usually attacks you with a bout of symptoms making you sick for a week at least. The most common of symptoms will be lower stomach pain and diarrhea. This can be confused with food poisoning as it can be accompanied by vomiting. Eating contaminated food or to spicy food along with alcohol or cigarettes can trigger an attack because of excess H. Pylori creating havoc in the stomach. Excess acid too can erode the lining creating the same condition.
What you can do besides medication
Gastritis isn’t a condition that cannot be treated. It can be managed by maintaining a healthier lifestyle and proper diet. The trick is to create an atmosphere in your stomach that facilitates the healing process. The first step is to make sure nothing irritates your stomach lining and for that you need to avoid spicy foods, foods that trigger gastritis attacks or are heavy on the stomach like red meat. In the case of gastritis going on a bland vegetarian diet for at least two months can work wonders for your condition.
To strengthen your stomach lining and improve gut health, eat probiotics food such as yoghurt. Coconut water is also considered to have healing properties for the stomach lining. Your doctor may also prescribe long-term medication after a course of antibiotics that may include ranitidine. However, that is left up to your doctor to decide according to your condition.